Conviction, a drama starring Hilary Swank, opens in theaters nationwide Friday, October 15, 2010.
When Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, his sister Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is innocent, Betty Anne puts herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18 year quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice, Betty Anne pores through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor, meticulously retracing the steps that led to Kenny’s arrest. Belief in her brother – and her quest for the truth – pushes Betty Anne and her team to uncover the facts and utilize DNA evidence with the hope of exonerating Kenny.
The Conviction cast includes Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor and Loren Dean. This film was directed by Tony Goldwyn.
Conviction received mixed reviews from the critics.
“While Swank is at her most earnest here, she’s very good; and as a guy only a sister could love, Rockwell gives a beautifully nuanced, unexpectedly touching performance.” -Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine
“The film falls short of delivering the outrage and uplift that should have come easy for this true-life fight against justice denied.” -Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
“The story generates that kind of urgency we feel when a character is obviously right and is up against stupidity and meanness. It delivers.” -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“Swank’s unsubtle performance is often an extension of the bluntly dumb lines she and other cast members must deliver.” -Melissa Anderson,
Check out the Conviction movie trailer below.
Conviction is rated R for language and some violent images.